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Ukraine on edge as shellfire resounds around Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant



Fears of major disaster were fueled by shellfire at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which is Russian-occupied. While both sides were blaming each other, Russian forces attacked towns farther from the river that runs to Europe’s largest atomic power station.

Officials from United Nations Nuclear Watchdog waited to be allowed to see the site at the southern frontline, despite the risk.

Oleksandr Starukh, the governor of Zaporizhzhia, stood at the edge of a crater in a school that had been largely destroyed to rubble. He stated that Ukrainian television viewers were being shown how to use iodine to stop radiation from leaking.

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Two hours away from the plant, he spoke Zaporizhzhia. It’s located on the Dnipro River, at the Kakhovka reservoir.


Russian forces took the plant in March, just after the invasion of Ukraine. The operations of the plant are still being carried out by Ukrainian personnel. Both countries blame each other for recent shelling near the plant.

Energoatom (Ukraine’s nuclear state company) stated that Russian troops had bombarded the site once more in the last 24 hours. Telegram published Energoatom’s statement saying that “the damage to the site is currently being evaluated”.

The Russian defense ministry charged Ukrainian forces with shelling the plant complex three times more in 24 hours. According to the statement, 17 rounds were fired and four hit the roof of the building that houses U.S. Westinghouse nuclear fuel.


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According to the report, 10 shells had been reported to have exploded near a dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel and three at a building that houses fresh nuclear fuel storage. It stated that the radiation situation at this plant was normal.

Reuters could not verify reports from either side.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy was the president of Ukraine on Friday 26 August. He stated that Zaporizhia’s situation was still “very dangerous” after the reconnection two reactors to grid. This occurred following the initial shelling which caused the nuclear plant to shut down for the first time.

Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stated that the UN agency was close to being able to send officials to inspect the plant and verify it on Thursday, 25 August.

Energoatom claimed that workers at the plant were subject to “increased pressure” during the period leading up to the visit. They wanted to “hush” their testimony on the crimes committed at the station and its use as an army base by the occupiers.

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, called for the immediate withdrawal of military equipment from the plant in order to prevent it becoming a target.

On the other shore is the Zaporizhia-plant, while the towns of Nikopol and Marhanets were struck by shells Saturday afternoon and evening, Nikopol Mayor Yevhen Yevtushenko said on Telegram.

Further south, Russian forces attempted to resist a Ukrainian counteroffensive that was centered around Kherson. This was the first city to be captured by the Ukrainian forces since the invasion started six months ago.

Ukrainian forces have been trying to destroy four bridges Russian forces need to keep in order to supply Kherson at its southern end.

Russian-appointed Kherson regional head Vladimir Leontyev stated that Ukrainian forces had attacked the Kakhovsky Bridge, which was located over a hydropower dam.

According to the Ukrainian southern command, it claimed that it launched successful rocket, artillery and missile attacks in the region on Sunday. According to the command, 35 Russians were killed. It also claimed that it had destroyed a self-propelled gun and a howitzer.

According to the report, two ammunition depots and one field supply point were also destroyed.

Russian attempts to seize control of the Donbass area by encroaching on the Ukrainian eastern front continued to be blocked by the Ukrainian defense forces.

Russian forces now focus their attention on Bakhmut after capturing Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk. According to a Ukrainian military report on Saturday, the town, which is home to approximately 80,000 people was once again shelled.

According to the report Ukraine has stopped advance in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, two other major cities.

According to the Ukrainian military’s sources, their forces in Avdiivka (a coal-producing town) were able to resist an attack from Russia despite artillery and air strikes.

The Russian defense ministry announced in a daily briefing that it had destroyed an ammunition storage facility in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region. It was home to the U.S.-made HIMARS rocket systems systems and shells for M777 howitzers.

According to the ministry, a MiG-29 aircraft was downed by the Russian Air Force in Donetsk. Six missile and artillery weapons depots were also destroyed by the Russian Air Force in the Donetsk region and Mykolaiv.

Vladimir Putin declared that Russia’s neighbor had been invaded by him February 24, declaring that a special operation was required to demilitarize Russia and eliminate security threats.

The West and Ukraine dismissed this as an absurd excuse for an imperialist war of conquest.

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